By: Leah Golden, MS, RD

It’s February, which means it’s not only American heart month, but also Valentine’s Day month!  Some people are gearing up for the holiday with loved ones, partners, friends, pets or solo. This holiday is celebrated by some and passed by others without blinking an eye. Some people celebrate love every day, while others enjoy the holiday to show their special someone how much they care. Valentine’s Day makes many think about love, hearts, flowers and chocolates.  Sounds nice to me 😊.



I thought it would be fun to make a Valentine’s themed dish, while also being simple and healthy.  Roasting heart and star-shaped potatoes and red beets seemed like a great idea! They’re themed, seasoned and will be a great addition to your main meal. Use a small star and heart-shaped cookie cutter to make your shapes.  I used the star shaped cookie cutter and cut the hearts out with a knife (since I don’t have a heart lol). If you don’t have the cookie cutters, feel free to shape them with a paring knife. They may all look different and unique, but that’s OK!  



Roasting potatoes with rosemary are always a hit, so I figured adding beets would continue the deliciousness, plus the red color is perfect for Valentine’s day! Beets will bring healthy nutrition to this side dish; adding potassium and antioxidants to name a few!  The fresh goat cheese melted on top elevates the dish and gives it more flavor.



When the vegetables are done roasting you can remove them from the oven and sprinkle on more rosemary and chili flakes if you’d like. Enjoy these as a side to any meal or have them as a solo snack during the daytime.   Enjoy these Valentine’s day themed veggies and have a very nice holiday with loved ones, solo or hanging with a friend.

In health and love,

Leah  



Roasted Heart and Star-Shaped Rosemary Beets and Potatoes with Creamy Goat Cheese

If you’re looking for an easy, quick and healthy side dish for your Valentine’s Day meal (or any meal!), these rosemary beets and potatoes will be perfect. This is a simple dish, but elevated with the use of cookie cutters to make festive shapes. You’ll love the veggies paired with rosemary and goat cheese, a great combination.  Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Total time: ~60 minutes

Author: Leah Golden, MS, RD

Recipe type: Side dish

Serves: 4-6 servings   

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz red beets, cooked whole
  • 1 pound (16 oz) red potatoes
  • 2-3 T fresh rosemary (extra for garnish)
  • 2 Tablespoons avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • ½ tsp sea salt  
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper
  • 3-4 oz goat cheese, crumbled

Tools Needed:

  • 1-2 baking sheets
  • Parchment paper
  • Small star shaped cookie cutter
  • Small heart shaped cookie cutter

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425° F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  
  2. Slice beets into ¼ inch thick rounds. Use small star shaped cookie cutter and cut as many stars as you can with about 2/3 of the beets. Use the small heart shaped cookie cutter and cut as many hearts with the remaining beet slices. Set aside in bowl. Put scraps of beets in a separate small bowl. *
  3. Wash potatoes and pat dry. Cut into ¼ inch thick rounds.  Use heart shaped cookie cutter and cut as many hearts as you can. Put scraps in same bowl as beet scraps and roast separately or save for another use later. *
  4. Toss heart and star shaped beets and potatoes with avocado oil, salt and crushed red flakes.
  5. Spread in one layer on baking sheet. If they don’t all fit, prepare another baking sheet or roast a second batch after the first is completed.
  6. Roast for about 20 minutes. Open oven and flip vegetables over to cook on the other side for the remaining 25 minutes or until potatoes are browned.
  7. Pull out of oven and sprinkle with goat cheese. Put back in oven for about 5-7 minutes, or until melted.
  8. Taste and add more salt and rosemary if needed. Serve immediately.

* If you don’t have cookie cutters feel free to shape the vegetables using a paring knife. The hearts can be shaped by cutting a small “v” at the top of the circle. This will form the top of the heart. Then cut another larger “V” on the bottom side of the circle, creating a point. This is the bottom of the heart. See star shaped cutter above for reference if you are doing this free hand.

* Roast the scraps from the beets and potatoes separately and enjoy!